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The long-awaited final volume of the series!
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My Little Po-Mo was a blogging project I completed in 2016: a series of essays using the episodes of the first four seasons of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic as jumping-off points to talk about fiction, gender, childhood, oppression, hope, children's television, animation, the nature of enlightenment (no, really), and more, driven by a lifelong passion for animation and a conviction that the stories we tell our children reveals more than we might want to admit about ourselves, our culture, and our world.

This fourth collection includes revised and expanded versions of all 25 essays on the fourth season, three essays commissioned by backers of previous Kickstarters, and a number of book-exclusive essays.

 Funds raised through the Kickstarter will be used to pay for professional editing and cover design services, plus printing and shipping cost for rewards. 

Achievements!

ACHIEVED! Excerpt of the first book-exclusive chapter, on the book Ponyville Confidential!

ACHIEVED! Topics for the other excerpts revealed!

ACHIEVED! Excerpt of the book-exclusive chapter on the series' best episode, "Crusaders of the Lost Mark"!

ACHIEVED! First stretch goal revealed!

ACHIEVED! Excerpt of a book-exclusive chapter on the series' worst episode, "Slice of Life"!

ACHIEVED! Excerpt of a book-exclusive chapter on Sam Keeper's Neighquiem for a Dream! (In progress.)

AHIEVED! Fully funded!

Stretch Goals!

ACHIEVED! Additional book-exclusive chapter: "Twilight's Shadows," a character study and comparison of Twilight's dark counterparts Luna, Sunset Shimmer, and Starlight Glimmer!

ACHIEVED! My Little Po-Mo Vol. 1: Revised Edition. Volume 1 was my first book and it shows. If this goal is achieved, all backers at every level will receive an ebook of a new version of it, rewritten to take into account both developments in the fandom and culture since it was written, and my own shifting analysis of the show. Any dead-tree vol. 1s sent to backers will also be the revised edition.

ACHIEVED! Backer-voted episode analysis! If this goal is achieved, all backers will be able to vote on an episode for me to analyze as a book exclusive.

$1700: A new essay for the second edition of volume 1, on whether the revolutionary potential I saw in the show and fandom were real but never fulfilled, or an illusion all along.

Risks and challenges

I have already retained an editor and a cover designer, so as long as the Kickstarter is successful, there will be no problem getting the book out. I've written and self-published five books, four of them based on successful Kickstarters, and I've always gotten the book out and all rewards sent.

...Eventually. The main risk is the possibility of schedule slip. June is plenty of time to finish the book and get it out, given that more than half of it is already written, but a lot can happen between now and then to delay a book--illnesses, injuries, surprise major life changes, the collapse of civilization as we know it, etc.

I can promise that I will deliver the book as quickly as I am able to do so without compromising on its quality. That SHOULD be before June 2019, but it's not completely certain.

ETA: And less certain now that the Vol. 1 Revised Edition stretch goal has been met. That will definitely add some development time to the project.

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    An e-book copy of My Little Po-Mo Vol. 4 in your choice of common formats, plus a high-res copy of the cover art and your name in the book's Acknowledgments!

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    An e-book copy of My Little Po-Mo vol. 4 in your choice of common formats, plus a high-res copy of the cover art and your name in the book's Acknowledgments! Plus your choice of ONE of the following e-books:
    *My Little Po-Mo vol. 1
    *My Little Po-Mo vol. 2
    *My Little Po-Mo vol. 3
    *The Very Soil: A Critical Study of Madoka Magica Puella Magi
    *Animated Discussions: Essays on Anime

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    Episode Essay Commission

    I will write an extra chapter of the book discussing the episode of your choice from Season 5 or later! Plus, get everything from the Ultimate Omnipack!

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    I will write a bonus chapter on the My Little Pony-related topic of your choice! Plus everything from the Ultimate Omnipack!

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